Final home for Bugs Bunny

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Project by rilanda posted 05-23-2016 11:38 AM 711 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I made this cabinet for a friend’s daughter who is 18 and has had this rabbit from the day she was born, hence it has a great deal of sentimental value. the cabinet itself was made from a reclaimed piece of Mahogany that was destined for the bonfire; it was black with age and had a number of nail and nail holes in it, but after removing the nails the piece was sawn through on my bandsaw to produce 15mm thick boards that were book matched together with a small tongue and glued to provide boards about 150mm wide that were then surfaced and planed to finish 12 mm thick. The cabinet was then marked out for dovetailing and dovetailed by hand, (is there any other way?) the inside faces cleaned up to a finish, then finally glued together and cramped, then left overnight to cure. the rebate for the back and glass panel front were then applied using a bearing guided cutter on the inside faces and only the corners to the glass panel rebate had the radius corners chiselled back to leave them square. the door was then “split” away from the main cabinet using a 1.5mm saw in my router to cot 10mm deep leaving the last 2mm for splitting away using a hand saw, these edges were then cleaned up. The back was fitted and screwed into position and the glass was set into position with silicone that was left overnight to cure before trimming back and the beads pinned (brass pins) into position. the cabinet was finished with 2 coats cellulose sander sealer and 2 coats melamine lacquer (masking out the glass) before the hinges and catches were fitted. Bugs bunny was finally installed using colour matching self adhesive velcro. To say the whole cabinet was made for next to nothing apart from a little TLC of a very unloved piece of mahogany it seemed to turn out very well.

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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#1 posted 05-23-2016 12:22 PM

Very nice Bill. My daughter who is now in her 20s has a hippo that she wants me to make a case for. She has had it from birth and it has been sewn up many times, rescued from trees, gutters, etc. She had loads of toys, but that hippo was her favourite.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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